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Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

May 03, 2022 - 20:00 (EDT)
60 minutes


Join Swami Lisa, Neil Pearson and Kristine Kaoverii Weber for a discussion of the CDC’s responses to the growing multifaceted crisis, that has proven to be much more than a medication problem.

Kristine is author of a response to the CDC from IAYT, and has written a wonderful related blog, including this statement, “Yes, opioids are an important piece of the pain puzzle – but with a growing body of research around mind-body modalities like yoga, it’s essential that the health care system pivot to include more sustainable, less risky, more person centered, less life-threatening solutions to pain.”

Kristine has agreed to field questions about this report and her work in comprehensive integrative pain management.

As always, we will ask questions from a yogic perspective, Swami Lisa has questions from the lived experience of pain and Neil from the physiotherapy and interdisciplinary pain care perspectives.


Learning Objectives:

  1.  Gain an overview of the 12 recommendations
  2.  Recognize the references to yoga within the document
  3.  Discuss gaps in the document and contrasting views of pain management from yoga perspectives


Webinar Details:



This webinar is open to all yoga therapists and healthcare professionals including but not limited to physiotherapists (physical therapists), occupational therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists.

The instructors
Lisa Pearson, Swami Swarupananda
C-IAYT and APD Provider, E-RYT500, YACEP

Lisa Pearson, Swami Swarupananda is ordained in the Kriya Yoga tradition (2009), With nearly three decades of yoga teaching/therapy experience, Lisa is a C-IAYT and APD Provider, E-RYT500 and YACEP.

Lisa is faculty and a program mentor for Inner Peace Yoga Therapy School, and is co-creator and Lead Trainer/ Director of Pain Care Aware. Having lived with Fibromyalgia for over 30 years, Lisa teaches from her deep well of yoga wisdom, and also from her lived experience of pain.

Kristine Kaoverii Weber

Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, c-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP has been studying yoga and holistic healing for more than 30 years, teaching since 1995, and training yoga teachers since 2003. She is a certified yoga therapist, the director of the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals program at MAHEC in Asheville, NC, and a board member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

Kristine specializes in yoga for mental health. Find out more at

Neil Pearson

Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, author, researcher, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, faculty in three IAYT-accredited yoga therapy programs, board member for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and pain care advocate. He conducts research into the effects of yoga on veterans with chronic pain and people with osteoarthritis. Neil is the recipient of awards honouring his work in pain care, patient education and physiotherapy by Queen’s University, the Canadian Pain Society and both provincial and national physiotherapy associations, including the Canadian 2021 Medal of Distinction.

Neil is a consultant to Partners in Canadian Veterans Rehabilitation Services, and to Lifemark’s 300+ clinics in Canada. Neil is a past board member for Pain BC, Canada’s premier non-profit transforming the way pain is understood and treated. He co-authored – Yoga and Science in Pain Care 2019, authored the patient education ebook, Understand Pain Live Well Again in 2008, and is lead contributor to many free patient resources offer by Pain BC.

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